Dispute Boards

Dispute Boards are generally associated with major infrastructure projects.  They come in various forms but will generally comprise of three individuals who will be assigned to a project and who will be retained to follow that project through to completion.  As with other forms of ADR or Early Dispute Resolution, there is the recurring theme of these neutrals being chosen by the parties.

The Dispute Board may consist of, for example, an engineer and architect and lawyer.  As a Standing Dispute Board, they will meet, perhaps quarterly and 'walk the project.'  They will then convene to resolve disputes between the employer and the contractor and between the main contractor and the range of sub-contractors.  They will probably do this by a mix of conciliation, recommendation and ultimately adjudication.

Their decisions may be advisory or contractually binding, pending further adjudication by a court or arbitral tribunal. 

Dispute Boards may also be Ad Hoc and only be constituted as and when a dispute arises.

There are various sets of Dispute Board rules, including those of the ICC.  We are familiar with all the major ones and our Members include Members of the prestigious FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators.

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Dispute Boards Members

Robert Sliwinski

Robert has over 35 years’ experience of the construction industry with particular emphasis on all forms of alternative dispute resolution. After 12 years as a quantity surveyor Robert entered the Bar dealing with civil ...

John Wright

John Wright is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. After 40 years in practice as a solicitor he now sits full time as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator and ...

Michael Cover

Michael Cover is a Member of ArbDB Chambers. He has over 30 years’ experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, both in private practice and as in-house Counsel. He is an accredited Mediator with CEDR and ...

George Grant

George Grant FRICS ACIArb is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and practising Arbitrator with over 45 years experience in the fields of Development & Project Management, Cost Management, Contract Administration, ...

Mark Appel

Mark Appel has nearly 40 years of global arbitration and mediation experience, having served in both executive and senior executive positions at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International ...